2012 Stars & Stripes U12 Autumn Tournament – Week 3

Monkstown LTC vs Newtown Park

Monkstown LTC Win Pool by 2 Points!

The last of the pool matches took place on Saturday evening and with three teams within a couple of points of each other, it was always going to be close. We were playing Newtown Park who were just 3 points behind us.  Our boys were up first and came up against a very good Newtown Park team.  Both No 1s Mark Foster and Alex Boyne and No 2s Oliver McGannon and Ben McCarthy went 5 nil down and we were worried!!!  However, both pairings dug in and fought hard to bring the matches back to 9-4 – a great effort by all.  No 3s Conor Duddy and Scott Ruttle made it 3 wins out if 3 (Ross McCabe was in one of these wins) winning a tight match 7-6 – well done guys.  So it was 24 -15 to Newtown park.

We had been switching around the girls pairings a little bit and seem to have got it right now as they all jelled really well and played their best tennis of the competition so far.  Sarah Healy and Sarah McAuley were always on top in their game winning it 10-3.  Claire Doyle and Julie Ringrose really got it together also winning 10-3.   Finally, Lucy Coulter Smith and Anna Foster pairing up for the first time won their match 12-1 – so a great 32-7 win for the girls and an overall 47-31 win for Monkstown LTC. The boys had been carrying the girls a bit in the earlier matches so it was great to see them come good when it mattered.

The results from the other fixture in the pool are – Bray and Glenageary drew 39 all so the final tally was Monkstown LTC 128, Bray 126, Newtown Park 109 and Glenageary 105 so we won the pool by two points and play Sandycove in the semi-final on Saturday!  Blackrock will play Bray in the other semi.

The only slight complication is that we can’t get courts in Monkstown LTC on Saturday as there is an adult tournament on, but the good news is that Sandycove can hold all 6 games at 6pm so we have agreed to go there for what should be a great evening of tennis. Well done again to everyone.

Catherine Keane 


League Table – WEEK 3

Pool A

    Girls Boys Total
1 MONKSTOWN LTC 70 58 128
2 Bray 58 68 126
3 Newtown Park 53 56 109
4 Glenageary 53 52 105

Pool B

    Girls Boys Total
1 Blackrock 79 69 148
2 Sandycove 75 65 140
3 Leopardstown/Meadowvale 33 73 106
4 Shankill 47 27   74